Dentures: Facts, Figures and Friendly Advice for Seniors

Dentures: Facts, Figures and Friendly Advice for Seniors

Correcting Some Common Misconceptions About Dentures

Herman Kim

Full and partial dentures are an excellent option for persons missing several teeth and who are not good candidates for dental implants. Dentures might also be recommended for those who have severely damaged teeth and which are not good candidates for caps and other such cosmetic procedures. 

While dentures offer many advantages to persons with severe dental issues, some individuals might be hesitant about being fitted for dentures simply because of having misconceptions about their appearance and use. Note some of those common misconceptions so you can discuss the option of being fitted for dentures with your dentist.

Dentures Are Noticeable

It's easy to think that dentures will be noticeable to others; you might even know someone with dentures that click, shift or otherwise move and make noise when they eat or talk. However, high-quality dentures fitted by a skilled dentist should be virtually indistinguishable from real teeth. Dentures should also fit the mouth perfectly and not move out of position or fall away from the gum line when eating or talking.

Dentures that shift or click are typically ill-fitted, or the person wearing those dentures might be using low-quality adhesives or no adhesives at all. Choosing a skilled dentist and keeping appointments for adjustments and fittings also ensures your dentures become indistinguishable from real teeth.

You Can't Eat With Dentures

It is often recommended that a person avoid taffy, caramels and other sticky foods when wearing dentures, lest those foods pull dentures out of place. However, today's high-quality denture materials and strong adhesives typically allow you to eat apples, corn on the cob and other foods that once risked cracking and chipping dentures.

It's also good to note that you might want to avoid sticky and overly hard foods even with real teeth! Biting into crisp apples or trying to pull corn off the cob with real teeth might result in chips, cracks and other such damage, so wearing dentures might not be as limiting as you assume when compared to real teeth.

They're Delicate

Dentures might break if dropped or otherwise mishandled, but note that your real teeth can also chip or crack if you use them to open packages, bite down too hard on certain foods or suffer a facial injury! Your dentist will typically give you specific instructions for proper handling of your dentures, and as long as you use caution when cleaning them, they should last for years.


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Dentures: Facts, Figures and Friendly Advice for Seniors

I am a senior who recently began wearing dentures, and before I got them, I spent a lot of time researching types of dentures and alternatives. Now, that I have my dentures and my research is complete, I need something new to fill my time. So, I decided to create a blog. "Why not put what I learned to use?" I thought. In this blog, I hope to share facts and figures about dentures and offer a little friendly advice along the way. Learn how many other Australians wear dentures, explore alternatives to dentures and figure out which options are best for you. Thanks for reading!

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